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OU-Lancaster & OCU Campuses Among Safest In U.S.

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(Lancaster) – College data and review site Niche has listed Ohio University Lancaster and Ohio Christian University among the top 25 safest college campuses in America in its recent Safest College Campuses ranking.

“Our goal at Ohio University Lancaster is to educate and prepare the workforce of tomorrow,” said Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations. “Students are more likely to excel academically when provided a safe and healthy learning environment. We have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”

The Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Factors considered in this ranking include campus crime rate, local crime rate, student surveys, residence hall date violence rate, residence hall rape rate, alcohol-related arrests and drug-related arrests.

“Year after year we see that campus safety is a huge priority for prospective students – and, perhaps even more so, their parents,” said Niche’s Natalie Tsay.

The Lancaster Police Department offers part-time security for the campus and patrols the parking lots throughout the day. The campus has also created a Safety and Security Council that regularly meets to discuss any safety and security concerns the campus is facing. The Safety and Security Council monitors issues by offering students, faculty and staff the opportunity to submit safety concerns through a form on the University’s website.

Ohio University Lancaster has a total student population of over 2,500. The campus offers 25 degree programs including its most popular programs, such as education, applied management and social work. For more information, visit ohio.edu/Lancaster.

Ohio Christian University, near Circleville, earned twelfth place on college data and review site Niche’s list of the top 25 safest college campuses in America. Niche analyzed data and student reviews to look at which campuses are the safest. This honor did not escape the attention of Newsweek magazine, read their article here.

Niche’s Safest College Campuses ranking is intended to highlight colleges with little to no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.  They consider not only the campus data, but also the crime incidents in the local area, rates for violence and arrests, and comb through student survey responses when considering a campus to be designated among the safest in America.

Student safety is highly important at Ohio Christian University as it helps foster a healthy learning environment for our students. Dr. Jon Kulaga, President, said this regarding campus safety, “Having a safe college environment is critical for students.”